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  • Stunning setting on the Klein River bank
  • Canoe, or swim in the river, enjoy the birdlife or explore the region
  • Spacious, elegant rooms and great views

Stanford River Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

4km from Stanford

 

-34.4258, 19.4125

About

A lovely haven on the banks of the pristine Klein River, Stanford River Lodge is the ideal retreat for people who want to get away from it all and let the tranquillity of nature take charge. 

The river attracts a colourful array of birdlife, and its languid waters are perfect for swimming and leisurely canoeing in the lodge’s canoes. Guests may be lucky enough to spot the elusive otters and terrapins, while a short paddle will lead them to a bird sanctuary at the estuary. 

At the lodge, views of the river and surrounding mountains can be enjoyed from every stylish, individually-decorated room. Each room is appointed with a ceiling fan, satellite television, tea/coffee facilities and a hairdryer, along with heated towel rails in the bathrooms.

On the upper floor, the Fish Eagle Suite doubles as a Honeymoon Suite, and guests will be greeted with a picturesque view from the moment they wake up in the Queen-size bed, which leads to a freestanding bath with a view, as well as a large shower.

The ground floor hosts the Kingfisher Room, a spacious King room with King-size bed which can be converted to twins, with a full en-suite bathroom and patio with a seating area. Bee Eater, Sunbird and Hoepoe are all ground floor Queen rooms with patios, with Sunbird being the only one without a full en-suite bathroom (shower only). 

The rates are room only, but there are several restaurants - including the excellent Springfontein Eats (next door) and the Yum Eat Café – within a short drive. 

Named after the rarely-seen resident of the river, Otter is a self-catering unit with a King-size bed and en-suite shower, along with a fully-equipped kitchen, a breakfast table and a fireplace. Porcupine has twin beds that can be converted into a King-size, and all the same amenities as Otter, allowing guests to enjoy a completely comfortable self-catering stay. Braai facilities are available for those who want to spend as much time in the great outdoors as possible.

Swimming in the river is perfectly safe, but the lodge has a swimming pool for guests who prefer. Apart from canoeing, the property offers scenic walks and relaxation spots under trees overlooking the river. A number of mountain bike trails wind through the countryside, while there are several nearby reserves which have nature trails and rich birdlife.

At the neighbouring Springfontein Estate, guests can indulge in wine tasting, and beer and cheese tasting can be enjoyed at the Birkenhead Brewery and Klein River Cheese factory. The newly opened Panthera Big Cat Sanctuary is a must see.

In Stanford itself, visitors can soak up the historical atmosphere while visiting a variety of art galleries and antique shops, stopping for coffee at one of the quaint cafés. While worth exploring, the River Meander walkway is a very scenic trail which meanders along the river from one side of the village to the other.

Hermanus and its fantastic whale watching are a 20 minute drive away, and the shark cage diving capital of Gansbaai is just as close. Horse riding, 4x4 trails, river cruises and spas are just some of the other attractions in the area.

Rates & Summary


Fish Eagle/Honeymoon Suite

Upper floor room
Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite freestanding bath and oversize shower
Patio with river and mountain views

Kingfisher Room

Ground floor room
Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin bed
En-suite bath and shower
Patio with river and mountain views

3 Queen Rooms

Ground floor rooms
Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower or shower only
Patio with river and mountain views

2 Self-Catering Units (Otter and Porcupine)

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size or twin/King bed
En-suite shower
Kitchen and breakfast table
Fireplace
Patio with braai facilities
River and mountain views

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Room only rates in rooms
Self-catering in Otter and Porcupine
Restaurants are nearby

Kids

Children 12 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Stanford River Lodge is situated on a 21 hectare property outside the small historical town of Stanford in the Western Cape, and offers comfortable rooms and self-catering units in a tranquil riverside setting. The lodge is set right on the banks of the Klein River, a beautiful, languid waterway that guests can swim in or explore with the available canoe. A bird sanctuary is a short paddle away, while all of the rooms have views of the river, with the honeymoon suite featuring views from both the bed and bath.

Summary

  • Stunning setting on the Klein River bank
  • Canoe, or swim in the river, enjoy the birdlife or explore the region
  • Spacious, elegant rooms and great views

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird/whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

The gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Canoeing
  • Swimming in the river
  • Mountain biking
  • Nearby: river cruises, nature reserves, bird sanctuary, horse riding, quad biking, 4x4 trails, beaches, whale watching, fishing, shark cage diving, wine tasting, beer and cheese tasting, historical attractions, antique shops.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Overberg

Western Cape

About

The Overberg is a region that’s easy on the senses and pleasing to the eye. Its landscape is a tapestry of colours and meandering patterns, both natural and manmade. 

The region forms a relatively small part of the Western Cape; it is mostly rural, and is blessed with stunning scenery and unique highlights. Its largest town, Hermanus, is said to provide the best land-based whale watching in the world. It also has exquisite beaches, including the blue flag Grotto Beach, and the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley epitomises the majestic beauty of the region.

Across Walker Bay, the towns of Gansbaai and Kleinbaai are best known for shark cage diving to see great whites at the hotspot near Dyer Island.

L’Agulhas stands at the southernmost point on the African continent, and is the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The Overberg fauna and flora is protected in the Bontebok National Park, and its nature reserves include De Hoop, De Mond, Salmons Dam, Marloth, and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Staying with wildlife, the penguin colony at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay is also a tourist favourite.

Swellendam and the small mission towns of Genadendal and Elim are amongst the Overberg’s historic icons. Others that are popular with visitors are Greyton, Stanford, and Napier.

In summer the farmlands are dominated by shimmering shades of brown, the fields stripped of their winter crops and the bare earth ploughed into meandering combed patterns dotted with tightly compressed wheels of straw awaiting collection. Labourers’ cottages hunker down beneath old blue gums and on a cold day smoke drifts from their chimneys.

Throughout the year the early morning and late afternoon sun accentuates the sensual curves of the ridges wreathed in fynbos. When the winter rains return, the undulating, sometimes tiered fields shrug off their brown and slip into the vibrant greens of wheat, barley, and oats, and the brilliant yellow of the iconic canola. On still, sultry mornings, blue cranes, South Africa’s national bird, float overhead craaaaaaking as they go.

The coastline is punctuated by long sweeping bays and rocky outcrops that fringe the southern boundary of this landscape. Here one can spend hours sitting on the white sand, being mesmerised by the eternal activity of the sea.

Add to this a scattering of charming inland villages; locally produced beer, cheese, and wine; lighthouses, bird watching, and wonderful food, and it becomes evident why one needs plenty of time here.

Look out for

Southern-most tip of Africa - at L’Agulhas, which is also the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. 

Shark cage diving - near Gansbaai there are several operators who do trips daily out to the Great Whites’ favourite hunting grounds near Dyer Island. 

Whale watching - the Overberg offers great land-based and boat-based whale watching (best between July and November). 

Beaches - the Overberg beaches are amongst the finest in South Africa. They include the longest beach in the southern hemisphere - at 14km - which curves along the coast at Struisbaai. 

Swellendam - is the third-oldest magisterial district in South Africa. At the base of the Langeberg Mountains on the N2 highway the town has an array of historic buildings including the Drostdy Museum.

Hermanus - On the coast in the west of the region. It is the largest town in the Overberg and popular with visitors all year round. It’s especially well known for its superb land-based whale watching.

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - near Hermanus - this scenic area produces a range of wines and is known for its Pinot Noir.

Bontebok National Park - The smallest of South Africa’s National Parks, it not only protects the fauna within its boundaries but also endangered flora in the fynbos biome. In addition to the bontebok, the park is also home to Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, grey rhebuck, and Cape grysbok as well as 200 bird species. There are hiking and mountain-biking trails and fishing and swimming in the Breede River. The accommodation and campsite are situated at Lang Elsie’s Kraal amongst a riverine thicket of trees and aloes near the banks of the Breede River. This consists of 10 self-catering chalets with wheel chair access, and caravan and camping sites. There are also picnic spots with braai and ablution facilities for day visitors.

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Each year between June and November whales return to the rugged coastline of this 34 000 hectare reserve near Bredasdorp to breed. During this time the marine reserve supports 40% of the world’s Southern Right whale population. Although these may be the drawcard for many visitors there is much more in the line of nature-based activities for the visitor. Lowland fynbos is the dominant vegetation throughout the reserve and this supports bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, grey rhebuck, eland, and baboon, as well as many smaller mammals. It’s a great destination for ‘twitchers’, with the De Hoop vlei attracting a large number of water birds and pushing the recorded species to an impressive total of 260. Besides being able to walk anywhere in the reserve there are several day hikes and the popular 5-day whale trail. Accommodation options are varied from cottages and rondawels to restored houses and neat camping and caravan sites amongst the milkwood trees. Most accommodation is around what is known as Die Opstal near the fresh water vlei and park reception.

Wines - The region has some top class wineries that offer tasting and sales.

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